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  • Actors: Ashley Judd, Ewan McGregor
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 28, 2002
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003CWPO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,396 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Eye of the Beholder" on IMDb

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Product Description

The Eye (Ewan McGregor) is an intelligence agent whose current assignment is to track Joanna Eris (Ashley Judd), a woman suspected of blackmailing a senior government official. But the Eye soon learns that Eris is far more than a blackmailer. She is a seductive, shadowy master of disguise who is a frenzied murderer whose rage is as fierce as her beauty. As he follows her, he becomes fascinated with what he sees. Soon his surveillance becomes a deadly obsession. The closer he gets, the more intense the danger becomes. To catch her would be to lose her, so the odyssey continues until they find themselves on a perilous crash course.

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This problematic thriller boasts several inspired elements, especially intelligent, committed performances by leads Ewan McGregor and Ashley Judd, both of whom have become hot commodities. Fans should definitely investigate their incisive work here, even if McGregor and Judd's talents are ultimately cast into a lost cause.

Judd plays a black-widow serial murderer named Joanna, who is systematically seducing and killing men who, in one way or another, are outside the ordinary. (Among her victims is a blind mulimillionaire, played by Patrick Bergin, and a nasty loser portrayed, surprisingly, by Jason Priestley.) McGregor is on board as a British intelligence agent who happens to be following her. Referred to as "the Eye," McGregor's operative is a haunted man abandoned years before by his wife and daughter. His isolation is such that he holds imaginary conversations with the latter, and she advises him to take pity on Joanna and protect her even as she carries on with her monstrous mission.

That's precisely what he does, at a distance, ushering in comparisons to Hitchcock's classics about voyeurism and obsession, particularly Vertigo and Rear Window. (Allusions to Francis Coppola's The Conversation are unavoidable as well.) But despite the great material (the 1980 source novel by Marc Behm was highly praised by The New York Times) and a fascinating cast (including Geneviève Bujold and k.d. lang), Eye of the Beholder bogs down in Stephan Elliott's often thoughtless, obvious direction. Elliott (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert) grinds down several members of the cast by insisting on dreary, one-note performances, and he makes a long movie seem even longer by telegraphing story twists and other developments long before they happen. Justice would be served if one could extract Judd and McGregor's appearances here and graft them onto a better movie, but so it goes. --Tom Keogh

Customer Reviews

Now I feel ashamed to own just another really bad movie.
Stefanie Herzer
EYE OF THE BEHOLDER is one of those films that revels in its artistic vacuum.
Michael Butts
Why does Ewan McGregor suddenly become so obsessed with Ashley Judd?
Nick Dantes

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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Spencer Kimball on September 23, 2005
Format: DVD
I saw this movie maybe five years ago. I have found myself thinking back on it at the oddest times and without apparent reason. It happened again to me today, and I decided to look on Amazon to see if there were any insightful reviews offering opinions as to why this movie still compels me. I was surprised to discover that praise for this movie is about as hard to find as WMD in Iraq.

In fact, if you rewrote the bad reviews by keeping all of their points intact, but changed the conclusions to read, "this is why I liked it", you'd be on the right track to finding the film's strengths. I say on the right track because what the film ultimately gives life to is something greater than its many parts. It yields a haunting and compelling image of loss, dissolution, madness, and glimpses of redemption that only highlight how far past saving these characters are. I think about this movie, and I remember the emotions, the mood of it, the way a smell from your childhood can bring long forgotten memories back.
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful By J. SHARP on March 4, 2002
Format: DVD
I love arty, convoluted films (Mulholland Drive, Memento, etc.) but this movie is just drek. I cannot comprehend how someone as talented and unimaginably beautiful as Ashley Judd deigned to be in this piece of ... whatever it is. It defies description. Even the prospect of seeing Ashley nude again hasn't led me to watch this a second time.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 21, 2002
Format: DVD
This had to be one of the worst movies I have ever seen. The worst part of this movie were the woefully undeveloped characters of McGregor and Judd. McGregor's character has some sick and strange obsession with Judd's serial killer. The man lost a daughter. So what? This does not explain the reason he follows Judd around during the entire movie. He protects her several times throughout the film but he also nearly Kills Her! Judd's black widow serial killer is never really explained well either. Was she sexually abused, did her mommy hit her and call her names? Any thing that could have explained her character's reasons for being who she was were left out. McGregor and Judd were not to blame for this. Their performances were the best they could have been for this trainwreck. The fault for this disaster lies with the director and writer who translated this story film. With a better director and writer this might have been a taut psychological thriller.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 2, 2002
Format: DVD
First, let me say I'm a Ewan McGregor fan and it pains me to find fault with any of his films, but this one is a stinker. To those who feel you must be intelligent to appreciate this film I say: I have a law degree and I couldn't begin to tell you what this movie is about. Furthermore, anything you have to watch 4 times to understand is not a good movie and certainly doesn't deserve an Oscar much less your valuable time. A good director will not make it so painfully hard for anyone to try and figure out what they just spent two hours watching. I like intrigue and suspense as much as the next person, and I even like endings that are open to interpretation. This movie, however, is not satisfying in the least. It was slow, choppy, lacking in any attachment to the two lead characters and a basic waste of time. My advice is to skip it and find a movie with a real story.
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52 of 63 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 17, 2000
Format: DVD
This movie is so bad that I'm sure that someone will like it. A twelve-year-old's idea of an "art" film. Lots of cute effects and disconnected scenes, as one crazy stalks another for far too long. For me it just went from bad to horrid to utterly awful, finishing with an ending that plumbed the depths of pointlessness....
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 5, 2000
Format: DVD
The only thing more tortureous would be to watch 2 hours of baby seals being clubbed to death.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Gerald Padbury on May 12, 2003
Format: DVD
I never would have expected kd lang to be an actor one would much be pulling for. But as a voice of reason trying to reign in the obsessive indulgence of "The Eye" (played by Ewan MeGregor), lang's character is the one we can most sympathize with herein. It might have worked to make lang look like a character actor to take note of. But what dooms it all to failure is Ashley Judd playing an absurdly extreme caricature of her already well-know "ballbuster" persona. As such the movie plays like a nightmare. Not in an entertaining sense, but as if the viewer is caught in the nightmare of having to watch the movie -- indeed a nightmare of living in a world where such a movie would ever be made and deemed entertaining. The mood is all totally putrid and the story beyond preposterous.
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37 of 45 people found the following review helpful By "ericakb" on May 31, 2000
Format: DVD
This movie is probably the worst storyline I have ever seen. Ewan MacGregor follows Ashley Judd around for months, spying on her & supposedly keeping her safe from harm. He looks into her background - finds out she was abandoned as a child by her father, feels empathy for her - because his wife took off with his daughter. A daughter he imagines seeing throughout the entire movie. There is no real plot, other thank that and the ending is pathetic. "I wish you love", indeed! Do not waste your money or time on this movie.
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